November 25th, 2013
09:11 PM ET
5 months ago

Heckler: Obama's response a disappointment

San Francisco (CNN) - Ju Hong didn't come to President Barack Obama's event here Monday to heckle the commander-in-chief. But as Obama closed out his remarks calling for new immigration reform bills in Congress, Hong - an undocumented student from South Korea - could keep quiet no longer.

"I need your help here," he cried out from his place on the stage behind Obama, an area where protests rarely originate. "There are thousands of families separated. Every single day."

Hong, who graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in political science, loudly called for the President to end deportations of immigrants by executive order - a suggestion Obama rejected as impossible.

"You have the power to stop deportations for all," Hong said.

"Actually, I don't. And that's why we're here," Obama replied.

Hong claims his response to the President Monday wasn't planned, and that he was invited to stand behind Obama. But listening to the President slam Republicans for inaction on immigration riled him to speak out.

"This is very urgent," he said afterwards. "This is the only venue where I could speak out, and I'm representing the voices of other undocumented students who are actually in the detention center right now who can not be here."

Obama's response, he said, was "very disappointing."

"I really wanted to hear what he had to say, but the fact of the matter is I was very disappointed by what he said. He didn't mention anything about wrongdoing against undocumented immigrants, family members."


Filed under: California • Immigration • President Obama
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Karen

    he is rude.

    November 25, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Ju Hong should expend his efforts at a Sen Ted Cruz speaking event.

    November 25, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  3. Tom

    Um. Why is he here if we know he is not here legally?

    November 25, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Boehner could bring the bipartisan senate bill to a vote in the house, it will pass, and Obama will sign it. Obama is not a dictator and cannot do this without the senate and house.

    November 25, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. jpmichigan

    One disappointment after another, this is what the American people got. Obama is not what he pretended to be now that campaigning is over. The community organizer lives, but the one elected President is not there. We wonder who is actually running this country him or his many, many advisors. American people need to stand up against what is being done to out county. Change is needed, but not with the Democrats in charge.

    November 25, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  6. Walter Jasniewski

    he'll be deported to North Korea tomorrow

    November 25, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  7. pkMyt1

    This isn't Korea. There is only so much a President can and should be able to do without Congress, even when members of Congress are acting like a bunch of toddlers past nap time.

    November 25, 2013 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  8. Iamnotfooled

    President Obama is right and people who heckle like this have no idea what they are talking about and make matters worse. The Obama administration has been following the law on immigration. If you are illegal you are illegal. Leave it to the Republicans and you will NEVER have it.

    November 25, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Immigration reform is 100% important but living here in California where there are so many different races of people, I have yet to have anyone talk to me about anything other than the economy but maybe, I just don't get it.

    November 25, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  10. TeaParty4Life

    Sooooo...we have his name and face. Deport him! Technically this administration just broke federal law by not taking this illegal into custody on national television and nothing was done. Hmmmmm....seems to be a pattern of misconduct from this administration.

    November 25, 2013 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  11. Richard Long

    Illegal student who took took the slot of someone that is in the country legally.

    November 25, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  12. Tim

    Race has nothing to do with it.

    November 26, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  13. luke,az

    The heckler needs to go after the real source of his frustration, Republicans in the House, namely John Boehner.

    November 26, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  14. Vence

    The bravest kid in America!

    November 26, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  15. Thomas

    Hong, who graduated from the University of California-Berkeley with a degree in political science needs to understand how an executive order works .

    Hong should as the speaker of the house ," Johnny B " the same question .

    November 26, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  16. maximo

    Loser needs to respect especially the country he's been educated in & go back to his own country

    November 26, 2013 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  17. SgtRock101

    The answer is very simple; go join your deported relatives. Can't go that far? Then just sit down and shut up.

    November 26, 2013 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  18. Flora

    There's a difference between how Bush and President Obama were interrupted. Bush was booed a lot, the guys interrupting Obama are asking for help, for him to listen...they're not booing him.

    November 26, 2013 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  19. W.G.

    I kinda in a strange way , hope he gets deported back to Korea .

    November 26, 2013 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Those who break our laws, coming here illegally, have no voice in this discussion.

    This is for Americans to decide........not those who broke our laws.

    November 26, 2013 05:54 am at 5:54 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    What disappointment–you stay in USA illegally, not wanting deportation? Idiots. Restrict immigration, cut all visas.

    November 26, 2013 06:51 am at 6:51 am |